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5 Publicity Secrets From World Leading Media Experts

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6 Months. That’s how long it took me to get on HuffPost. 2 years for my first podcast interview. 1 year until I became a guest in a WebTV show. You can guess, I didn’t know what I was doing. And most of the time I was too scared to get rejected. Rejection feels like physical pain.

Then I saw these people that are constantly getting featured. Like 100 times in 6 months. What are they doing differently from the rest?  And what are the editors, producers and podcast hosts looking for in their guests? How can I make it as easy as possible for them to say “Yes!” to me?

These questions inspired me to seek out 20 high-profile entrepreneurs and DIY-PR experts to have them reveal their secrets to me. Here are 5 of them:

1. Build Your Personal Brand Now

Look at your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account. What kind of person would post things like you do? How does this person see the world? How do you want to be seen by your target audience?

Add a relevant aspect of your story to that answer, and that’s your personal brand. Of course, there are many more elements to a personal brand, but to get started, this is all you need.

“Branding is what people say about you when you are not in the room” – Jeff Bezos

2. Get Your Media Page Up Fast

The people who decide whether they will invite you to their show need to listen or watch you in action. They want to know what you sound like and how you appear on camera. It doesn’t matter so much what you say, but how you say it.

Usually, you put your past media features on your media page. If you don’t have any interviews, just record yourself talking about your favorite topic. And put your bio on this media page as well. Make it short  (50 – 100 words) and keep it relevant.

 

3. Create a Pitch They Can’t Turn Down

There is only one question you need to answer with your pitch: How can I make it as easy as possible for them to say “Yes!” to me? All a producer wants is to provide value to their listeners and viewers. And, of course, look good to their higher-ups.

Tell them who you are and how you can help their audience. Avoid words such as “I”, “my”, “me” in your pitch and instead use as much “you”, “your” as possible. List the points you can help their audience with. Or, questions that you know their viewers want answered. Something like this:

“I know your listeners are people who [insert struggles/problems] so I know that this [insert what you can provide] will be valuable.” At the bottom of your pitch, put the link to your media page.

 

4. Be a Dream Guest

This is more a mindset thing rather than a performance issue. Being an amazing guest means respecting the other person’s time and effort. The media gatekeepers told me that they’d rather have someone fairly unknown who is a dream guest, than someone who is more high-profile, but a pain to work with.

This means showing up on time and having your sh** together. Let them know how much you loved the interview. Share your interview on social and give them public appreciation. And continue to add value to them and build the relationship, because that’s the most valuable thing you get – not the exposure – but the relationship with the host and their audience. This will get you ongoing media attention in the long term.

“Success to me is being a good person, treating people well.” – David LaChapelle

5. Leverage Your Features Into Bigger Opportunities

Add your features to your media page and go bigger with each pitch. Your first interview will not be perfect and just a few people will listen. The podcast listeners, TV viewers and magazine readers are craving for your story, service or product. It’s your job to get up and give it to them.

What tips would you give to help with publicity? Please leave your thoughts below!

Fabian Markl is a self-taught Digital Marketing Manager of a 7-Figure Company with a master's degree in Physics. He loves to get inside people's heads and walk around in them. He believes failure is a tool for learning, like books and online courses. Despite living in a tiny town near the Alps, he enjoys creating things that impact the whole world, like his book unlimited freedom: your guide to an awakened life and his global online conference with 20 High-Profile Entrepreneurs & Do-It-Yourself PR Experts The Publicity Mastery Summit.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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